Professor Antoni Plasència is director general of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), medical consultant at the International Health Clinical Department, and professor at the School of Medicine at University of Barcelona. He is the former deputy director of the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research-Hospital Clínic-Universitat de Barcelona (now the research branch of ISGlobal). Professor Plasència was previously director general of Public Health of Catalonia, Spain, were he was strongly involved in the design of the Catalan public health law and the creation of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia.
Profssor Plasència’s professional work has been mainly dedicated to epidemiology and public health in various positions, combining practice, research, teaching, and management activities, with a broad biological, social, and environmental perspective on health and its determinants, with a longstanding involvement in policy-making, strategic planning, and program implementation and evaluation. This has included work in key global health areas such as the reduction of health inequalities, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, injuries, and environmental health.
Professor Plasència earned a Medical degree from the University of Barcelona and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Yale University.